Strong future neighbourhood community celebrated
Strong future neighbourhood community celebrated.
The Wellington Company and Te Tumu Kāinga today celebrated the upcoming construction of Paetutu: a high quality, affordable new neighbourhood development of 56 homes at 429 Jackson Street, Petone.
Kura Moeahu and Holden Hohaia of Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika (Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust) provided a blessing of the site and karakia. Gumboots were then donned - with Mayor Ray Wallace, Te Tumu Kāinga General Manager Declan Millin and Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust Chair Wayne Mulligan turning the first sod of dirt, ahead of site construction officially starting in late April. The Wellington Company’s Ian Cassels was unable to attend due to a family bereavement.
Cassels of The Wellington Company, the fact that Paetutu has
been met with outstanding sales popularity shows the market
is ready for medium density suburban living. Cassels
comments: “Paetutu was designed for neighbourhood
living thriving on interaction, supported by intelligent
design within a master-planned environment”. Cassels
also notes the importance of strong and trusted
relationships in delivering such projects: “Paetutu
shows what can be achieved when private sector and community
providers work together for a bigger purpose. Together with
Te Tumu Kāinga, in Paetutu we’ve created a medium density
model for affordable homes with excellent thermal
performance and resultant health benefits.
Declan Millin of Te Tumu Kāinga comments: “We support housing projects that benefit Māori and Paetutu will do just that. This has been an opportunity to enable iwi to do it for themselves – creating quality, affordable homes for whānau. And it’s great to see that a large number of these homes will be owned by iwi members.
“This collaboration is also
showcasing how a well-designed commercial and charitable
partnership can deliver truly great social
Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust members were offered an option to purchase before Paetutu went on the general market, which proved very popular. Only a handful of the 56 homes remain available for purchase.
The sense of neighbourhood living was evident in the celebrations: the tune of Mr Whippy had excited neighbourhood kids clamouring for their turn in the queue for a school holiday treat, whilst neighbours enjoyed morning tea and a chat with those involved in Paetutu’s creation.